PICS Organization Name
Live Like Blaine Foundation
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Carina Lewandowski '21, Alexandra Klimkiewicz '19
The Live Like Blaine Foundation was established to honor the memory of Blaine Steinberg, a young athletic leader who passed away suddenly during her junior year at Dartmouth. Our mission is to empower and inspire young women to become leaders through fitness and athletics. We want to make girls FIT TO LEAD.
We have three main activities: 1) Host an annual leadership conference for female high school athletes on MLK Day during which the girls hear from prominent women in sports and business and participate in team building and leadership training activities, 2) we provide scholarships for girls to attend the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and, 3)
The Live Like Blaine Foundation was established to honor the memory of Blaine Steinberg, a young athletic leader who passed away suddenly during her junior year at Dartmouth. Our mission is to empower and inspire young women to become leaders through fitness and athletics. We want to make girls FIT TO LEAD. We have three main activities:
1) Host an annual leadership conference for female high school girls on MLK Day during which the girls hear from prominent women in sports and business and participate in team building and leadership training activities, 2) we provide scholarships for girls to attend the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and, 3) we partner with Harlem Lacrosse to support its program for girls in two Philadelphia underserved middle schools.
Harlem Lacrosse is a school-based non-profit organization that changes the life trajectories of at-risk youth through daily wrap-around academic support, mentoring, leadership training, college readiness, career exploration, admissions counseling and lacrosse instruction. Ultimately, we would like there to be overlap with the participants in all three of these activities to enhance the leadership skills of the girls we serve. We are also currently developing our own leadership curriculum.
We are excited to host a PICS intern this summer as we believe a college student will provide a fresh perspective on all that we are doing and provide support and insight for our youth programming. Additionally, we hope the intern will gain valuable experience in all aspects of running an early stage non-profit organization
This is an exciting opportunity for an intern to gain first hand experience in running a start-up non-profit organization. LLB was founded in February 2015 so we are still in our early stages but are growing fast with a lot of activities. Specific activities may include: researching potential donors (individuals and foundations) and recording information in our donor software (Donor Perfect), possibly writing grant applications, creating social media content and email communications/newsletters, recording and acknowledging donations, helping to plan our fundraising events (a party in the fall and a fitness challenge in the spring), assisting with programming (leadership conference and scholarship application process). We can really tailor the internship to someone's specific interests but since we don't have a lot of staff, intern will need to be willing to pitch in and help where needed.
We are looking for someone who has an interest in sports-based youth development, education and girls' leadership. Ideally, the intern would have strong writing skills, be creative, be detailed to work with our donor CRM software (Donor Perfect) and our financial software (Quickbooks), be able to work independently as we are a lean organization, someone who takes initiative, thinks critically and is easy to get along with. Also, we would appreciate someone who is not above doing some of the administrative work as that is important as well.
A passion for girls sports, education and leadership would be great as well.
Expected Start Time
Approximately 9:00 am
Expected End Time
Approximately 5:00 pm
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23
Meets Certificate Requirement
Intern would be responsible for his or her own housing. Intern could sublet student housing at Penn or Drexel or St. Joe's or live in center city or near the office which is in the first suburb outside the city (Bala Cynwyd). There is a bus which stops within walking distance of the office. A car would be helpful and would open up other housing options but not critical.
Occasional event or meeting that may take place on the evening or weekend. Not regularly though, especially over the summer.
Background check and reference check required.
My boss Jill was excellent. She took me to lunch 3-4 times throughout the internship and really made an effort to get to know me. She has given me good life and career advice, is invested in me beyond my internship, and is an excellent role model…[she] ensured that I was learning about the different aspects of the nonprofit world and the mission has been well carried out here.
—Alexandra Klimkiewicz '19
My best work experience from this summer was working on Live Like Blaine’s annual report for the 2017 fiscal year. I worked on this during the last couple of weeks of my internship, and I think it was a really good way to wrap things up as I got a chance to review all of the organization’s most recent programming and analyze the ways in which they’ve created real change in the lives of so many young women. —Carina Lewandowski '21